launches The Scaleups Sessions event series

Focused events programme for the owners of fast-growth UK businesses looking to scale launches with first event on Tuesday June 16 featuring stellar speaker line-up

Leading UK business resource is pleased to announce the launch of The Scaleups Sessions, a new series of pioneering events to help burgeoning businesses make the transition from start-up to scale-up.

Sponsored by haysmacintyre, oDesk and Exact, each Scaleups Session is tailored to companies that are on the cusp of scaling rapidly and has 50 exclusive places for early-stage businesses with proven growth and annual increases in turnover or employee numbers in excess of 20%.

The inaugural Scaleups Session will take place on Tuesday June 16 with a focused panel sessions and speeches from entrepreneurs, investors, and experts such as co-founder Julien Callede, PROFounders Capital founding partner Sean Seton-Rogers, Crowdcube co-founder Luke Lang and Nick Halstead of Datasift; a UK tech success which has raised over $77m in funding to date.

Keynote speaker Sir Ronald Cohen, regarded as the “father of British venture capital”, will also be sharing his knowledge of investing in and advising some of the UK’s best-known growth companies.

With spaces limited, the first event will cover in-depth insights into growth finance, hiring and keeping talent, and growing your business overseas, as well as addressing a number of other key challenges experienced by businesses looking to scale.

Other high-profile speakers and panellists at the first session will include government Entrepreneur-in-Residence and director of Wayra Europe Simon Devonshire; YPlan COO Peter Briffett; Mobile Interactive Group and BreatheSport founder Barry Houlihan; and Sam Barnett, the founder of global adtech firm Struq which was recently acquired by Quantcast.

The launch of the Scaleups Sessions follows angel investor Sherry Coutu CBE’s recent Scale Up report which included a government agenda to encourage ambitious businesses to scale up. It also comes on the back of Barclays research, published in March, which revealed that the percentage of Britain’s scale-up firms has actually decreased slightly in the past year.

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Startups’ first Scaleups Session was held at the Taj, Buckingham Gate on Tuesday June 16 2015.


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